Benefits Of Retinol
Hello, you lovely lot. It’s been a while. I know I know. This is how I open every blog post right now. However, today, we are looking at the benefits of retinol as part of a good skincare regime.
I have spoken in the past, about, what I believe are the absolute basics and the hero products that I feel should feature in a daily routine.
Looking at anti-aging specifically. There aren’t really many clinically proven, rather than dermatologically proven products that actually fight the signs of ageing. However, there is one that can and does help with the effects of ageing on the skin. And that product is retinol.
What is Retinol, and what is the difference between Retinol and Retonic Acid, AKA RetinA
To start, Retin is just essentially a vitamin A derivative and is available in three forms.
- Retional Palmitate (the lowest dosage on the market). We aren’t going to talk about this any further.
- Retinol, which is found if different percentage levels in many commercially available products. Think of products that you will find at The Ordinary.
- Retinoic Acid, which is prescription level retinol, only available from a dermatologist or a doctor.
Retinol is to be used at night only as it increases the skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Used correctly, it can help fight the following skin issues:
- Sun Spots
- Fine Lines
- Deep set lines
- Uneven Skin Tone
Wow, but how?
Vitamin A, increases cell turnover, which in turn, produces more collagen, something we lose as we age. It’s what makes our skin look plump and youthful. Also, cell turnover enables the skin to heal itself quicker. The result, a more youthful appearance to the skin. But, be warned, this is no overnight fix.
Users of Retinol and RetinA, usually start to see results after 4-6 months of continued use, with full results being visible about a year in. This is not Botox in a bottle.
Adding Retinol to your regime.
The first thing to remember when starting any retinol treatment is to start slow. Retinol does and will cause skin irritation, especially in its higher doses. You need to build your skin’s tolerance.
It is recommended that you start with a non-prescription low percentage topical retinol and over time, you work your way up to a prescription level. And before starting on any treatment that requires a prescription, please make sure you speak with a doctor or dermatologist.
The golden rule here, take it slowly.
Secondly, retinol is to be used at night ONLY and should not be layered with any other active. It is best to use this twice to three times a week to start, building up to every other night. If you use a retinol at night, it MUST be followed the next day with a good SPF.
I have used retinol for a around a year now and I have just moved onto Tretinoin, which is the name of the prescription strength RetinA which is available from a dermatologist only here in the UK. I am not going to give more information on this product here and neither and I am going to comment on where you can purchase this as if you are just starting out, stick with the low stuff.
Good affordable products are available from The Ordinary, and at such a fantastic price point, with active levels starting at 0.2% up to 5%. A good middle starting point is the 0.5%.
Another really easy step into retinol is the Pixi Retinol Tonic. Use this twice daily, it’s gentle on the skin and leaves skin feeling amazing. However, don’t expect to see the same level of results as you would with a serum or cream.
This can be used alone or as part of a retinol treatment plan. I use this alongside my retinol serums, but only in my morning routine.
- Take it slowly, start with the lowest percentage
- Use at night only on cleansed and dry skin
- Do not use with any other active
- Use twice to three times a week to begin
- Wear a sunscreen, the higher the better and go for a broad spectrum
- Results will take 4-6 months to show
- IF YOU HAVE ANY UNUSUAL REACTION TO ANY PRODUCT YOU USE ON YOUR SKIN, CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR STRAIGHT AWAY
I will be talking about my journey with Tretinoin, so if you are interested in RetinA and are at the stage where you are ready for that strength of product, then stay posted as my Retinoic Acid series will be coming shortly.
I do hope this post was helpful, and as always, any questions, please do drop me a message.
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